Do you do anything to 'clean' up the old year before the New Year rings in? Today, I'm busy with all those 'little' things that get left just because. I had a very large watercolour painting (about 30" x 40" custom framed with glass) that has been sitting on my floor of the hallway since the last show I was in, in the fall.
The reason I didn't just rehang it? Well, actually I did. However, I don't know why I looked at it one day, but I took the painting down to look at the hook, and the nail was hanging out of the wall. Oh yeah, I could just see that crashing down in the middle of the night.
I knew I needed a better hook for it, one of those butterfly things that you put in the wall first. My Mom had a couple of extras and gave them to me, but, I still didn't hang the damn thing.
B, my handyman told me where to hang it where there was a stud and it wouldn't be a problem. Finally, today, I figured I'd best just hang the darn thing back up and get on with it. Well, when I hammered the nail into the stud and went to re-hang the painting, the painting slipped sideways and the hook pulled out of the wall. Thankfully, I caught the painting. It cost me something like $400 to frame that sucker, I do not want to have to re-do it.
So I got out my drill, my tape measure and my screwdriver and figured, just do this. Yes, I have tools! And, I actually know how to use them. Now, the painting is ready to be hung with a skookum hook to keep it on the wall.
Why isn't it re=hung you might ask? Well, another story. I have a little kitchen table that has fold down leaves, and one leaf is folded down so the table can be pushed against the wall. When I was showing some of my photos, I put the frame on the table, leaning it against the wall. Well nuts! It somehow left black marks against the wall, that no matter how hard I scrub, they aren't coming off.
How does that tie in to my other painting not being hung? More projects. I figured, okay, I have to do some touch up painting on that wall, I may as well fill the nail holes in the other wall with putty, wait until it dries, then sand it down and paint everything at once. Yes, there is a method to my madness. Once that's done, that huge painting will be back in it's rightful place. Even though the nail holes wouldn't show behind the painting, I'm kind of anal about nail holes.
Next up, putting all the receipts and invoices away in December's file so the old year is done! Laundry's already in, although I had issues getting the washer to work. It filled up, but wouldn't agitate. Great. Turning it to the heavy duty setting resolved it.
All those little things that haven't seemed too important are now done, so when the new year arrives, I don't have any of the old things nagging at me. I'll be glad to see the tail end of this year, as it hasn't been the best, but I'm still on this side of the grass, and I'm grateful for the many lessons it's brought. I just don't want any repeats.
Do you do any kind of a tidy up before the new year? Getting old projects done?
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